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Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home.  It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues. A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ... Read more

Hidden Health Hazards in the Home

There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for. Most Common Health Hazards Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been ... Read more

Mold Can Be a Big Problem in the Summer

The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping ... Read more

New EPA Ruling Does Not Eliminate Asbestos. How Does This Affect You?

The latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally. However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put ... Read more

Disposing & Recycling of Toxic E-Waste

From old computers, laptops, and smartphones to electronic accessories and batteries, electronic waste or e-waste is becoming an issue in terms of its proper disposal. A 2014 report by the United Nations University indicated that about 40 million metric tons of e-waste are produced every year. In addition, much of this waste cannot be disposed of normally and is problematic to recycle. However, recycling is the only way to properly handle e-waste, and companies are beginning to implement recycling into their daily ... Read more

Recent Rains Promote Mold Questions

When the weather is dry, mold is usually only a nuisance for those who suffer from allergies. But when mold spores find a wet or damp spot to grow inside a home, office, or facility, it can become a considerable problem. All it takes is a crack in the roof, outside wall, or foundation to create the right conditions for mold to grow. Why Mold Grows Inside Buildings A damp or wet area allows mold spores to settle, but what makes the mold spores grow ... Read more

Asbestos Causing Unnecessary Loss of Life in the U.S.

Montana Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill to ban all use of asbestos in the United States. His action, which was joined by 8 other senators, reflects the growing concern about the presence of asbestos. Montana has been hit especially hard with asbestos-related diseases and deaths, which resulted from a vermiculite mine in the Troy and Libby areas. The W.R. Grace Mining Disaster In 1963, the Zonolite mining operations took hold in the Libby area of Montana. The mine was massive, producing about ... Read more

Financial Constraints & The Removal of Asbestos in Rwanda

Over the past decade, the work to remove asbestos from the roofing materials of both private and public buildings has reached 56 percent completion in Rwanda. While impressive, the reason why the work is not being completed faster is because of the budget restraints faced by authorities. Funding shortfalls have slowed down the work to remove the roofing materials that have been infused with asbestos. Why Asbestos? Considering the 125 million people exposed to asbestos and roughly 107,000 people who die each year ... Read more

Detecting the Presence of Lead in Food

Lead is a toxic element that is naturally present in the water, air, and soil. Even small amounts of lead can be dangerous, especially to children. Lead inhibits the proper development of the brain, which in turn can affect speech, emotion, and cognitive ability. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated a link between lead and premature death due to heart disease. New concerns about lead in food have surfaced in India where instant noodles, a popular food consumed by tens of millions of ... Read more

The Effects of Black Mold Exposure

Just like standard mold, black mold can infest residences, commercial buildings, and facilities. This is especially true in damp areas where the mold can attach and grow. Black mold is especially dangerous and identifying it in the early stages may mean the difference in affecting the health of those who live or work inside. What is Black Mold? Black mold is a type of mold that appears quite dark, if not fully black in appearance. It gives off a musty, damp odor and ... Read more
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